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Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 1994


Special Section

Jerusalem’s Underground Water Systems

How They Met: Geology Solves Long-Standing Mystery of Hezekiah’s Tunnelers

By Dan Gill

Waterworks underlying the City of David, the oldest inhabited part of Jerusalem, have two aspects that have long puzzled Biblical scholars and archaeologists. The first is whether David’s general, Joab, captured Jerusalem from the Jebusites by entering the city through an underground passage, or perhaps a water...Read more ›

Jerusalem’s Underground Water Systems

Siloam Inscription Memorializes Engineering Achievement

By Simon B. Parker

Dan Gill’s new understanding of Jerusalem’s underground water installations, including Hezekiah’s famous tunnel, raises once more the question of the significance of the monumental inscription found in the tunnel recording the meeting of the two teams of tunnelers digging from opposite directions. This inscription is not the...Read more ›


An Interview with John Strugnell

Ousted chief scroll editor makes his case

By Hershel Shanks

Harvard professor John Strugnell was chief editor of the official Dead Sea Scroll editorial team from 1987 until he was dismissed in late 1990, after giving an anti-Semitic interview to Israeli journalist Avi Katzman, in Ha’aretz, November 9, 1990, and “Chief Dead Sea Scroll Editor Denounces Judaism,...Read more ›

Yigael Yadin: “Hoarder and Monopolist”

By John Strugnell

Yigael Yadin distinguished himself in many roles—as a general, as an archaeologist, as a historian, as a scrollster and as a politician. On his performance of these roles, save that of scrollster, I have little information to add or ability to judge. For instance, I cannot assess...Read more ›